Small unmanned spacecraft with electric solar sail. Space Colonization Journal, Issue 8, 2014.
Abstract. It is proposed schematic design of unmanned spacecraft (SC) for the study of distant regions in the solar system, including small bodies of the Kuiper Belt, and its engine-power plant – electric solar sail (ESS). The use of such solar sails in Earth orbits is not expected because of “littered” near-Earth space.
Proposed spacecraft such as “Electric solar sail” with ESS are nano-satellites (up to 50 kg) spacecraft “budget” cost level that allows them to launch a massive object of interest and make non-critical for solving the possibility of individual devices loss. SC must have high reliability and resistance factors of space, with long working ability.